About Dirk Chatelain

Dirk Chatelain is a staff writer for The Omaha World-Herald and covers Nebraska football and general assignments. You can follow Dirk on Twitter (@dirkchatelain) or email him at dchatelain@owh.com

Posts by Dirk Chatelain

Mad Chatter: Hawkeye hype, Wrigley Field turns 100, when B1G night games cross the line

Loyal readers of Mad Chatter know I like to poke Iowa football, especially its $4 million coach. It’s soooo easy, with all the second-and-8 isos and 5-yard play-action passes to the tight end and the never-ending emphasis on field position. Pooch punt!

Sometimes I tell myself, “OK, no more Hawkeye jokes. Grow up.” And then I stumble on this section in an ESPN.com story.

…At a recent team meeting, Ferentz detoured from the typical spring minutia — replacing seniors, creating depth, finding leaders, building identities — and addressed a macro item: the preseason polls.

“He said we might be ranked,” running back Jordan Canzeri told ESPN.com, “and even if we are, no one is to keep that in their head. There were several teams …

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Mad Chatter: Clown golf, Greg without Doug, Huskers vs. Bluejays, NCAA lunacy

So much ground to cover on a Monday, including NBA playoffs, the future for Greg McDermott, college football news, Omaha high school hoops and the latest sign the sports world has gone crazy. But let’s begin with the pizza cup.

It’s 15 inches in diameter (four times the size of a normal hole) and it’s at the center of a fascinating debate in golf right now. Should golf compromise its old ways or modernize in pursuit of new business?

Golf sadly is losing steam recreationally.* The game has lost five million players in the past decade, with 20 percent of the existing 25 million apt to quit in the next few years.

* I find myself representing this trend. Five hours and $50

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Mad Chatter: Mizzou and the coaching carousel, recruiting rankings, Brook Berringer

It’s Friday! That’s Ten Big stories in 10 little bites. We cover Bo Pelini and Tim Miles, Kevin Durant and Vince Coleman, Nick Saban and a special anniversary. But first, the college basketball coaching carousel.

I joked Thursday on Twitter that Danny Manning shrewdly dreamed up a plan to get the Missouri job: Leave Tulsa for Wake Forest, watch Frank Haith jump to Tulsa, then fill his spot in Columbia!

Of course it was a joke. But it prompted this email question from John: “What jobs are off-limits for coaches anymore based on personal history?”

Hmmmm. Loyalty obviously doesn’t mean much these days. Johnny Damon had no problem playing for the Yankees after the Red Sox. Ray Allen had no problem playing for the Heat …

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Mad Chatter: Osborne, Switzer & 28 years of NCAA ‘progress’; Pelini the Mad Man; Tim Miles and Tennessee

Unlimited bananas at the training table! A breakthrough in the NCAA’s ongoing battle with critics over student-athlete compensation.

OK, maybe not. If anything, these little amendments illustrate how ridiculous the rulebook was/still is. The issues we’re arguing about are the exact same ones people argued about 30 years ago — when coaching salaries were still six digits.

The following stories came from Michael Kelly and The World-Herald … in 1986!

Although Nebraska Coach Tom Osborne favors changes in college athletics to benefit athletes, he said Thursday he disagrees with a proposal calling for players to delay the start of the Nebraska-Oklahoma game by 30 minutes as a showing of their solidarity.

Dick DeVenzio, a former Duke University basketball player who is trying to form an …

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Mad Chatter: The Masters back nine, spring game questions, Husker baseball

Did the Masters disappoint because A) Tiger was missing; B) Tiger and Phil were missing; or C) there was little back-nine drama.

Depends whom you ask. TV ratings were down, suggesting it was more A and B (don’t discount Phil’s impact on ratings). But for me, the answer was C.

The Masters doesn’t start until the back nine on Sunday, right? Dan Jenkins’ famous line rang hollow in 2014. Bubba Watson’s four closest pursuers made a combined three back-nine birdies.

Jordan Spieth made zero.

Jonas Blixt made one (on 13).

Rickie Fowler made one (14).

Matt Kuchar made (11).

I loved the way Augusta National played this weekend. It was as firm and fast as I’d ever seen it. Just as Bobby Jones …

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Mad Chatter: SEC cheating, Tim Miles’ new assistant, Creighton hoops fan

It’s Friday! That means Ten Big stories in 10 little bites. We cover an emotional Tom Izzo and a snarky Jon Stewart, Webb Simpson’s caddy and Tim Miles’ new assistant, World Cup soccer and NBA playoffs and, of course, another quarrel between Creighton basketball fan and yours truly.

But first, the hottest sports story of the week: The Bag Men of the SEC.

“I look at this as an investment. When you ask me why I do this … let me ask you something. Who’s your favorite sports team? Most favorite. Who do you live and die with? What if I told you that if you gave me $10,000 right now I could guarantee you they’d be better? That if they were usually bad that they’d …

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Mad Chatter: Husker high hopes, Creighton’s depressing TV ratings, Rutgers vs. UConn

Way, way, way-too-early preseason men’s basketball Top 25s are coming out and a very unusual name is appearing: Nebraska.

The Big Lead’s Jason McIntyre ranks NU 18th, behind Wisconsin, Ohio State and Michigan in the Big Ten.

C.J. Moore of Bleacher Report pegs the Huskers 17th overall and third in the Big Ten, ahead of Iowa, Michigan State and Ohio State.

Gary Parrish of CBS Sports has NU 17th but second in the Big Ten.

Not all national analysts agree on the Huskers. ESPN’s Eamonn Brennan leaves them unranked, behind Michigan, Michigan State and Iowa.

The national optimism is nice, but people shouldn’t forget how much went right for NU in the last two months of the season — it resembled Nebraska football’s remarkable six-game …

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Mad Chatter: College basketball’s wacky finale, Suh v. McDermott, the birth of Barkley

In our grandfathers’ sports world, teams earned glory over the long haul.

Before 1969, major-league baseball determined each league’s World Series representative by the regular-season standings alone. The league championship series didn’t exist. Most of baseball’s 20 teams were mathematically eliminated by Labor Day.

Before 1974, the final coaches poll in college football was taken before the bowl games. Those were considered exhibitions — rewards for a good season. (This is why bowl games are still a month after the regular season, one of the silliest scheduling quirks in sports.)

Before 1975, only conference champions qualified for the NCAA tournament in college basketball. After No. 3 Maryland (John Lucas and Len Elmore) missed the field in ’74, the tournament expanded to include at-large bids.

Before …

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Mad Chatter: McDermott un-unanimous, SEC football schedules, Final Four

It’s Friday! That means Ten Big stories in 10 little bites. We cover Darin Erstad and Yordano Ventura, Danny Manning and Charlie Strong, SEC football schedules and overpaid MLB sluggers. But first, Doug McDermott vs. Russ Smith.

In defending his player of the year vote for Smith – not McDermott — Louisville columnist Rick Bozich comes the closest we’ve seen any writer all year to criticizing McDermott. This section had some spice:

“Let’s be honest. The 2014 player of the year race was over in February. Maybe January. I’m not sure what the tipping point was, but the national chatter was all McDermott, McDermott, McDermott.

Considering McDermott plays at Creighton and many of the Bluejays’ games were not carried on national TV, my guess is that

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Mad Chatter: 5 sports holidays; Mac vs. Wojo; Tiger, DeSean, Doug and Nebrasketball

Mad Chatter has been taking more days off than Jim Rome, Jon Stewart & all of France in August.

OK, it was really only two days, but I apologize. Between a Doug McDermott special section project (coming out Sunday) that required me to watch and chart all 1,141 of his career field goals (go ahead, quiz me) and this Tim Miles/Dave Van Horn column, I missed blogging last Wednesday and this Monday, one of the hottest sports days of the year.

Of course, if it were up to baseball fans, Opening Day would be a national holiday. I don’t buy it. Let’s start today with five weekdays better reserved for replacing Presidents Day on the government calendar:

1. Day one of the NCAA tournament

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